Posted April 28, 1999
Richard Wood, vehicle coordinator for Fleet Services, died Saturday, April 17, after a brief illness.
Wood began working for the University in 1965 as a driver for the UC garage. He was responsible for transporting high-level campus officials and visiting dignitaries. He left in 1971 to become assistant manager at Wright's Automotive in Berkeley. In 1976, he returned to work as an auto mechanic for the UC garage and worked there until the shop's closure in 1986.
Wood then transferred to the Property Management department. He was instrumental in relocating the department to the Marchant Building and later coordinated space renovation projects in the building. Wood also ran the Office Machine Pool and Storage Program and assisted in the Excess and Storage operation. In 1995 he became vehicle coordinator for Fleet Services.
Contributions in Wood's memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Glenden Bursh-Moustafa, a counselor/advisor in Undergraduate Affairs originally from Bastrop, La., died March 29 of cancer. She was 49.
A campus staff member for more than 20 years, Bursh-Moustafa worked in the Professional Development Program, the College of Letters and Science and Student Life Advising Services. As a counselor, advisor and educator in Student Life Advising Services for 17 years, she was particularly interested in introducing students to survival skills, internship programs and study abroad opportunities.
"Glenden was an extraordinary person -- intelligent, insightful, humorous, and an avid explorer with a disdain for idleness," said Gloria Burkhalter-Simmons, director of APEX/Student Life Advising Services. "She worked collaboratively and diligently with co-workers, students, staff, faculty and the community to develop and implement innovative programs that enhanced student success. The impact of her contributions will have a lasting effect on the University and the community."
Said coworker Pat Perkins: "Glenden always tried to see where a challenge could be turned into an opportunity for other people." Soon after her diagnosis with breast cancer about four years ago, Bursh-Moustafa started Bosom Buddies, a support group for other African American women with breast cancer. Hoping to inspire others to think critically and proactively about their own health, she later wrote a curriculum and secured faculty sponsorship for a student-run class on preventive health for women, which was offered last fall.
A memorial tribute to Bursh-Moustafa will be held Thursday, May 6, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. in the Tilden Room of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Union.
In honor of her strong advocacy for student participation in the Education Abroad Program, a scholarship fund is being established on her behalf. For information call 642-7224.